This Week on the Farm!

This Week on the Farm This week on the farm, we had a pleasant surprise when we got home from the Minot Flea Market. Our tomcat Marshall was sitting on our porch, and we had not seen him in months. Of course, this is not uncommon for male cats, but it was so lovely to see him again, and he loved us just like no time passed. We are happy Marshall is back from his tomcatting around.

Marshall came with us to the farm as a young male cat. He was born in our home in MN. We let out our Idaho Pasture piglet to be with the other pigs this week, and Pumpkin, our female, was so happy, and she has been following us around and wants all of the attention. Unfortunately, this does not make Ladybug, our Kune Kune mix, like sharing the attention. But so far, so good, they are all getting along incredibly.

Looking at our summer plans, we will be doing some things differently. First, we have bought a ton of baby chicks in the last few years. We will not be ordering any chicks or any hatching eggs this year. If tractor supply has chicks discounted 50-75% off, we may consider that but not too many and only certain kinds like meat birds or blue slate turkeys. We do not want to heat lamps all summer like last year. We spent so much money last year on heat lamps. If we do any birds, we want to do them when it is hot out and may only have to have a light on at night for a short time for them to feather out. Also, animal feed prices have gone up just like all things have lately, so we must look at it. We have a list of things to work on, like fencing in 80acers, but smaller projects like expanding my raised beds this year. I have five raised beds made out of old water tanks. They are so deep that they take so much water. So, one of the first projects we will do is, cut them down and make ten raised beds. Last year, we bought soil on clearance, so we have lots of dirt ready to put in that is met for raised beds. So, we shall see how that works We will also be planting some in our orchard. We will be growing our elderberries, apple trees, plum trees, cherries of many kinds. We also will start a section for our blueberries, raspberries, juneberries, rhubarb. We want to make sure we get the plants in that will come back each year; we planted Asparagus last year and do a small harvest this year. Valentine’s day was this week, and we have done this a few times, and it has been such a hit with the kids. Heart-shaped pizzas. Such an easy thing to do. Michael and I were gone for the weekend, so we celebrated Valentine’s Day over the weekend, and Valentine’s Day was spent with our kids. We spent our evening eating pizza and watching Avengers, it was a great way to start the week.

See you Next Week! Our contact info is Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.

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